I made this tonight, and it was great! I used Trader Joe's Brown rice medley, and it worked really well. I also used dried thyme instead of fresh because I don't have any growing right now, and the flavor was still really nice. I found the rice mixture just a little dry, so I added a splash of chicken broth. I think that may have been more a choice of rice than anything else, though.
I love the idea of adding sausage to make it more of a main dish, I may try that next time. Tonight we had it with simple, grilled pork chops and it was a really nice combination.